The first prototypes of the exoskeleton from Ekso Bionics have already entered factories of Ford’s automotive concerns. Engadget reports that their development was carried out in cooperation with conveyor workers who helped to improve the design, identifying weaknesses, and aiding the final touches to the initital prototypes.
EksoVest exoskeletons are made with Ford money, who expects to use them extensively in the future, helping workers maintain their upper torso health and protecting employees from excessive overloads. The EksoVest will help people lift weights without the associated risks and harm to health.
Even if a worker regularly raises and carries small loads or simply tightens bolts, this exertion can, eventually, affect the working capacity of people, and can cause chronic debilitation of the hands and spine. EksoVest helps to avoid such negative consequences, and can effectively increase the ensuing quality of work through improvement of overall working conditions through the betterment of employee well-being. With its assistance, up to 6 kilos can be effortlessly lifted.
ExoVest has been developed for use by individuals of up to 192 centimeters tall, and is suitable for any production facility where the need for constant and repeat use of the hands for carrying objects is present. Therefore, it can find its remit within, not only an automotive plant, but also on construction sites, warehouses, as well as throughout medical facilities et al.
Pilot testing program will, eventually, be extended to all Ford enterprises in the US, Europe and South America.